11 November 2005

Golf and pregnancy

Even those not currently participating in an exercise programme can start golf during pregnancy. But there are certain precautions that you need to be aware of.

Even those not currently participating in an exercise programme can start golf during pregnancy.

Exercise programmes should take into consideration your individual medical and exercise history. Consult your physician before beginning or continuing an exercise programme to see if you have any conditions that might restrict your physical activity during pregnancy.

Stop exercising and consult your physician if you experience any of the following symptoms during exercise:

  • bleeding
  • cramping
  • faintness
  • elevated blood pressure
  • dizziness
  • severe joint pain

Pregnant women should not exercise to exhaustion – stop when you are fatigued. Exercise regularly and consistently. You should exercise at least three times per week. If you exercise more frequently, alternate hard and easy workouts.

Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, before and after exercise to avoid becoming dehydrated. If your exercise session is longer than 15 minutes, interrupt your workout to drink additional liquids. Drink even if you are not thirsty, as thirst lags behind the body's need for fluids.

A general guideline for exercise during pregnancy: consider your pre-pregnancy fitness and activity level. Most physically fit women can continue most activities at or slightly below levels prior to pregnancy.

Do not try to exceed pre-pregnancy levels. Other activities that can be started during pregnancy, even by those not currently participating in an exercise programme are:

  • low-impact aerobics
  • cycling/stationary biking
  • rowing machine
  • stairmaster /stair climbing
  • swimming
  • walking
  • water aerobics

The information contained herein is for the sole purpose of information and education. It is in no way intended as, and should not be used or relied upon as medical advice. Check with your physician before stating any exercise programme.


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